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James Zmolek, MD

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Accepting new patients?

  • Yes


Professional Distinctions

  • Officer (former), Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society
  • Orthopaedic Research Award, Lowman Club
  • Recognized by Castle Connolly as among the Nation's Top Doctors
  • Medical Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation's 2017 Taste of the Town event

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Sansum Santa Barbara Medical Clinic, Inc.

Practicing since:

 1990 (34 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 1990 (34 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • University of California, Los Angeles


  • Surgical Arthritis & Reconstruction, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center


  • Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Additional Information


  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, Santa Barbara County Medical Society
  • University of Southern California Orthopedic Society 
  • Member, Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society


  • Sports Medicine